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Oran Etkin, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

From December 2015. Clarinettist Oran Etkin while channelling Benny Goodman in this “reimagining” show was not involving himself with anything as literal as actually playing the role of Benny Goodman...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 12 hours ago.

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Lineage, Hideaway, Streatham, London

From January 2013. Lineage made their London debut in Hideaway and this was only their second gig ever, the Streatham club had a busy Saturday night feel, as sleet fell...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 12 hours ago.

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Playing for free

From 2014. Melodious Crunk, in his latest dispatch from the roadside tavern that he occasionally finds himself in between gigs, says it's all about the money, honey Wanted: Chef to...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 13 hours ago.

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Gigs from hell

From 2014. Mr Bojangles, you say… Melodious Crunk consults the Robbie Williams songbook There’s a joke in jazz communities that most jazz tunes should replace the word ‘you’ in the...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 13 hours ago.

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You don’t know what jazz is

From 2014. The Melodious Crunk column. On creative humming If you asked Joseph Public what the word jazz meant, they would probably suggest men in hats, stroking beards to music...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 13 hours ago.

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Dana Masters band + Hollie Rose, Out to Lunch – Black Box, Belfast

From 2016. After a short support slot by talented Derry singer-songwriter Hollie Rose, who impressed most with her own song the Ed Sheeran-influenced ‘Alone’, Dana Masters, who has just finished...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 14 hours ago.

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Dayna Stephens, Gratitude, Contagious Music

First published in April 2017. An album that contains some unforced passion and ideas, Dayna Stephens who has been on jazz fans’ lips the word of mouth increasing year in...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 14 hours ago.

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Nussbaum plays Lead Belly

From 2018. A must-hear blues and folk loving release for The Lead Belly Project, on Sunnyside from revered Impossible Gentlemen drummer Adam Nussbaum. Adam, highly respected for his work dating...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 16 hours ago.

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Track of the day: 'Abichu Nega Nega' by Hailu Mergia

Ethio-jazz icon keyboardist Hailu Mergia has a new album soon, his first in a couple of years. Called Yene Mircha in the Amharic language (''My Choice'' in English) it is...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 16 hours ago.

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First gig of 2020 for The Good Noise

Making a new scene

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Paul Dunlea’s 4 Corners, Maggie’s Farm, Dechomet, County Down

High up in the Dromara hills in rolling countryside, a tiny beautifully fitted out intimate music venue opened quietly at the end of 2019 newly created in a farmhouse setting...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 17 hours ago.

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Omagh jazz and big band festival preview

''The Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival,'' writes guitarist Paul Maguire,'' returns for its fifth consecutive year on 7-9 February. The festival started with the aim of providing some live...

Published: 28 Jan 2020. Updated: 19 hours ago.

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Deelee Dubé, Get the Blessing and Tommy Smith to play Southport winter weekender

Tommy Smith, Brian Kellock, Jay Phelps, Liane Carroll, Karen Sharp, Bryan Corbett, Frank Griffith, Tina May, Get the Blessing and Deelee Dubé (pictured) are among the artists to appear at...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 36 hours ago.

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Pat Martino, Joyous Lake, Warner Bros

From April 2014. Confession time: I’d never heard Joyous Lake at all until two days ago, missing out on it for a mere 37 years. Some Martino aficionados think that...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 37 hours ago.

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Meilana Gillard interview

First published in July 2013 just ahead of the release of the DanaMeilana 6's debut album JazzNBelfast tenor saxophonist Meilana Gillard talked to marlbank about her early days in the...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 38 hours ago.

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Sam Comerford interviewed

First published in 2018. Adding a twist of free improvisation to rumbling grooves, a style that has propelled Thunderblender into the spotlight enough to scoop up in rapid succession a...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 38 hours ago.

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Gay McIntyre, Ardhowen, Enniskillen

First published in 2014. Beginning with ‘On Green Dolphin Street’, the veteran Derry jazz man Gay McIntyre, playing alto saxophone at first, joined by Bennigans scene pianist John Leighton, NoCrows...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 38 hours ago.

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Jazz club dates

… a selection of top UK and Ireland club and small venue jazz action coming up… Kokoroko Wardrobe, Leeds 1 February Joe McPhee trio Bridge hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2 Feb Gwilym...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 40 hours ago.

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Track of the day: It's Nothing by Jeremy Cunningham

Borne of tragedy and by the sounds of what is available so far clearly turned into something of an artistic triumph over adversity this from Chicago drummer-composer Jeremy Cunningham who...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 41 hours ago.

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First listen to the title track of the new Tower of Power album Step Up

Here's the funky title track of Step Up from Tower of Power featuring Jerry Cortez on guitar and Roger Smith on the Hammond B3. Look for the album to be...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 42 hours ago.

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Danilo Pérez trio, Ronnie Scott’s

First published in 2012. It was a rare sighting of the Danilo Pérez trio at Ronnie Scott’s, a whistle stop appearance ahead of a gig in Paris at the Duc...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 43 hours ago.

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Jacob Collier wins two Grammys

Amazing success at the Grammys for Jacob Collier with 2 wins in arrangement categories, one for his arrangement of 'Moon River' on which the Londonder recorded himself singing 5,000 times...

Published: 27 Jan 2020. Updated: 41 hours ago.

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Brian Kennedy, Westville, Enniskillen

Wearing a t-shirt that amusingly read ‘Fair Play to Me’ on the front and ‘Don’t Look Back’ on the other side, the soulful Brian Kennedy was back in the Westville,...

Published: 26 Jan 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

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Joachim Kühn and Mateusz Smoczyński duo on Speaking Sound

Adore this… soon to be released from the great German pianist Joachim Kühn, known for his work with Ornette Coleman, in duo with the Polish violinist Mateusz Smoczyński, a graduate...

Published: 25 Jan 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

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Published: 25 Jan 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

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Lassy comes home

Worth your time is this raucous treatment of 'African Rumble' drawn from the great Finnish tenorist Timo Lassy's Live at Savoy Theatre Helsinki in a new arrangement by Ricky-Tick Big...

Published: 24 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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Bill Laurance Trio, Live at Ronnie Scott's, Flint

A heads up here for this Valentine's day release to prioritise your listening… with live versions of tracks drawn from Flint, Swift and Aftersun fans of Snarky Puppy pianist Bill...

Published: 24 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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Ruby Turner travels on the bright side of the road

Very middle of the road gospelly-soul, the name of the game on the discreetly grooving positivity of 'Under Your Sky' from Ruby Turner here. Best known as a featured singer...

Published: 24 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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Skalpel simmer into play

Skalpel, aka Wrocław DJ-producers Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo, have done great things in resurrecting old Polish jazz and putting dance beats around it. Their latest, 'Quicksilver', has just been...

Published: 24 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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